Everyone's talking about it, but who can explain it?
To drive awareness and establish a better understanding of the U.S. economy, Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock's Cinelan have partnered to produce the revolutionary series WE THE ECONOMY: 20 Short Films You Can't Afford to Miss. Each film is helmed by an acclaimed filmmaker, each with their own creative vision.
Told through animation, comedy, musical, non-fiction, and scripted films, WE THE ECONOMY seeks to demystify a complicated topic while empowering the students, teachers, and the general public to take control of their own economic futures. A panel of top economic experts including academics, analysts, journalists, and historians helped identify 20 key topics about the U.S. economy that every American should understand. Those and other economic advisors then worked with our filmmakers to shape the topics into 5-8 minute films that answer the questions:
- What is the Economy?
- What is Money?
- What is the Role of our Government in the Economy?
- What is Globalization?
- What Causes Inequality?
In the current economic climate, the need for citizens to be engaged and informed is greater than ever. Distributed digitally, across multiple platforms and in theaters, WE THE ECONOMY will do both... and best of all: it's available everywhere, to everyone.
Consumer Economic Links
This organization maintains (with the help of the National Institute for Consumer Education) a searchable database of personal finance educational materials. There's also a section that lists personal financial management guidelines and benchmarks.
Visitors can listen any time (via this site) to recent broadcasts of this popular radio show on personal finance. The resources section includes listings of web sites, books, etc. related to weekly broadcasts. There's also a forum for sharing tips on saving money.
Federal Reserve Links
Dallas Federal Reserve Bank: Student Resources
Find out about programs, online games and activities, and other useful links for students.
Dallas Federal Reserve Bank: Teachers' Materials
Teaching packets, lesson plans, videos are available free of charge to high school economics teachers.
Federal Reserve Bank of Boston Educational Resources
The Boston Fed is committed to economic and personal financial education. With our publications, competitions, and online learning, we hope to engage students and adults in learning about the Federal Reserve System, consumer issues, and a wide range of economics topics.
Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank
This site has a section on teaching economic concepts using the Internet. Information on the Economics Challenge and a student essay contest is also provided.
New England Economic Adventure
You might also enjoy this site to travel back over 400 years of New England's history to learn how growth occurs
New York Federal Reserve Bank
Be sure to check out the 'Econ Explorers Club.' 5th and 6th grade students learn about inflation, money and the world of work through hands-on, community-based projects. A Federal Open Market Community simulation give students the opportunity to make decisions about monetary policy based on economic data.
Richmond Federal Reserve Bank
Publications with classroom activities for K-12 teachers are available here.
San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank
Introduce the 'Muffin Market' to your students via a download-able computer simulation, videotape and collateral materials. This site also contains numerous video clips, a treasure hunt and even an online museum.
St. Louis FRED II
With the U.S. economy increasingly becoming a topic of interest, more and more individuals and organizations are finding that up-to-date financial and economic data are critical to their success. Through the FRED® database, the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis provides consumers, students, economists and financial institutions around the world with economic and financial information in an easy-to-use format.
General Economic Links
Commanding Heights The Battle for the World Economy
The purpose of this site is to promote better understanding of globalization, world trade and economic development, including the forces, values, events, and ideas that have shaped the present global economic system.
Dr. T's EconLinks.com
Dr. T's EconLinks.com provide a portal to carefully screened economics, business and finance sources on the Web.
EcEdWeb, Economic Education Web
This award-winning site has numerous links to sites of interest to K-12 teachers. Find curricular materials, web teaching ideas, standards, discussion lists and more.
This site lists more than 400 links to socioeconomic data sources and a top-ten list of sites. The data collections section includes tools, compendia and intermediaries to give visitors access to multiple data sources.
This website catalogues and provides teachers' reviews of all of the K-12 economic education materials online.
Run by AP Economics students and Elaine Schwartz, an AP economics teacher and author, econlife.com is your source of a one-stop economics education. Whether you are looking for an economic blog, interesting economic stories, an economic lesson, or a trend watch, everyday, we present what you will enjoy.
This is a comprehensive site of free, easily available economic time series data useful for economic research -- economic forecasting, in particular. Students are given easy access to large amounts of data and can get charts of that data.
Economics in Plain English
This blog is authored by Economics teachers aiming to clearly communicate economic principles to readers, referencing current news events, with the purpose of making the study of economics relevant, entertaining, and interesting at the same time. The blog?s primary audience is economics teachers and students, however, all readers are invited to participate in the discussion that go on through comments.
InflationData.com has been publishing inflation related information since 1997 and their goal is to provide you with the best inflation (and deflation) related information on the web in a friendly readable format without all the government speak.
Investormill is the fastest and easiest way to find, chart and share economic data from official sources. It is a web-based service with over 300,000 economic indicators that can be easily accessed via curated menus or intelligent search. Investormill has powerful data visualization capabilities to create and customize beautiful charts and share them with others.
Library of Economics and Liberty
The Library of Economics and Liberty is dedicated to advancing the study of economics, markets, and liberty. It offers a unique combination of resources for students, teachers, researchers, and aficionados of economic thought.
The 500-term glossary here is a favorite among economic educators. Be sure to review Mr. Economy's "Question of the Week" for irreverent, yet informative, responses to questions about economics.
Resources for Economists on the Internet
This guide lists the many resources on the Internet of interest to academic and practicing economists, as well as those interested in economics. In all, more than 700 resources are listed here and almost all are described.
The Economics of Seinfeld
Seinfeld ran for nine seasons on NBC and became famous as a ?show about nothing.? Basically, the show allows viewers to follow the antics of Jerry, George, Elaine, and Kramer as they move through their daily lives, often encountering interesting people or dealing with special circumstances.
It is the simplicity of Seinfeld that makes it so appropriate for use in economics courses. Using these clips (as well as clips from other television shows or movies) makes economic concepts come alive, making them more real for students. Ultimately, students will start seeing economics everywhere - in other TV shows, in popular music, and most importantly, in their own lives.
Whitehouse Briefing Room
The purpose of this service is to provide easy access to current Federal economic indicators. It provides links to information produced by a number of Federal agencies. All of the information included in the Economic Statistics Briefing Room is maintained and updated by the statistical units of those agencies.
General Resource Links
CIA World Factbook Online
The CIA presents information organized by country: maps, geographic data, population demographics, government descriptions, economic data, communications systems, transportation systems, military, international disputes, etc.
Stock Market Links
Chestnut and Cedar Stock Report
This website provides resources for saving and investing.
SMS stands for Stock Market Simulation. The word simulation means that the SMS is more than just a game. It is a tool that teachers can use to help instruct their students in the world of economics, finance, current events, math, social studies, and technology.
The Stock Market Game™
The Stock Market Game (SMGWW) is an electronic simulation of Wall Street trading, designed to help students and adults understand the stock market, the costs and benefits involved in decision- making, the sources and uses of capital and other related economic concepts.
Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition
The Wall Street Journal Classroom Edition gives teachers timely articles and fully developed lesson plans covering economic concepts such as decision making, cost/benefit analysis, supply and demand, and incentives.
We Seed EDU offers educators a free, hands-on tool to help teach their students about the stock market and the world of investing. We Seed shows users how to invest in what they know ? the products, brands and companies that they use everyday - to help them grasp the concepts behind the stock market and the importance of investing.